Physis VI - Journal of marine science

As part of CIEE's Bonaire semester programs, each student conducts an independent research project on a topic of their choice.  The projects culminate with a public presentation and publication of a research paper in the CIEE journal Physis: Journal of Marine Science.


  • Habitat use, nocturnal behavior, and differences between phases of five common parrotfish species in Bonaire, N.A.
  • Habitat choice, size distribution, color variance, and feeding behavior of spotted moray eels, Gymnothorax moringa, in coastal waters of Bonaire, N.A.
  • Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) nests: Possible nutrient sources and drivers of community structure in a tropical marine system 
  • Traditional datu cactus (Ritterocereus griseus) fences reduce run-off rates and transport of sediment and nutrients on hillsides in Bonaire, N.A.
  • The effects of the lunar cycle on plankton density, diversity, and diel migration in the coastal waters of Bonaire, N.A.
  • How does water quality correlate with coral disease, bleaching, and macroalgal growth on coastal reefs? A comparative study of various anthropogenic threats on Bonaire, N.A.
  • A comparative study of benthic and coral reef fish communities on artificial versus natural reefs of Bonaire, N.A.
  • Parrotfish mucus cocoon production at night in Bonaire, N.A.
  • Christmas tree worms (Spirobranchus giganteus) and their role as bioindicators of environmental stress on coral reefs of Bonaire, N.A.
  • Determining how coral reef habitat structure correlates with fish species richness at six dive sites in Bonaire, N.A. 

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